Word of the day: cause
Definition: n. & v. a that which produces an effect, or gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition. b a person or thing that occasions something. c a reason or motive; a ground that may be held to justify something (no cause for complaint).
Synonyms: reason, grounds
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L causa (more…)
from Oxford: cause
n. & v.
1 a that which produces an effect, or gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition. b a person or thing that occasions something. c a reason or motive; a ground that may be held to justify something (no cause for complaint).
2 a reason adjudged adequate (show cause).
3 a principle, belief, or purpose which is advocated or supported (faithful to the cause).
4 a a matter to be settled at law. b an individual’s case offered at law (plead a cause).
5 the side taken by any party in a dispute.
1 be the cause of, produce, make happen (caused a commotion).
2 (foll. by to + infin.) induce (caused me to smile; caused it to be done).
Phrases and idioms:
in the cause of to maintain, defend, or support (in the cause of justice). make common cause with join the side of.
Derivatives: causable adj. causeless adj. causer n.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L causa
from Wordnet: cause
n 1: events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; “they are trying to determine the cause of the crash”
2: a justification for something existing or happening; “he had no cause to complain”; “they had good reason to rejoice” [syn: reason, grounds]
3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; “he supported populist campaigns”; “they worked in the cause of world peace”; “the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant”; “the movement to end slavery”; “contributed to the war effort” [syn: campaign, crusade, drive, movement, effort]
4: any entity that causes events to happen [syn: causal agent, causal agency]
5: (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; “the family brought suit against the landlord” [syn: lawsuit, suit, case, causa]
v 1: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; “cause a commotion”; “make a stir”; “cause an accident” [syn: do, make]
2: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner: “The ads induced me to buy a VCR”; “My children finally got me to buy a computer”; “My wife made me buy a new sofa” [syn: induce, stimulate, have, get, make]
Quote of the day: All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. by Martin Luther
Birthday of the day: Emperor Konoe; Emperor Konoe (近衛天皇, Konoe-tennō, June 16, 1139 – August 22, 1155) was the 76th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.
Joke of the day: An old man walks into a bar, sits down, and starts crying. The bartender asks, ‘What’s wrong?’ The old man looks at the bartender through teary eyes and between sobs says, ‘I married a beautiful woman two days ago. She’s a natural blonde, twenty-five, intelligent, a marvelous cook, a meticulous housekeeper, extremely sensitive to my wants and needs, very giving, my best friend, and intensely passionate in bed.’ The bartender stares at the old man for a brief moment and says, ‘But that sounds great! You have what every man wants in a woman, so why are crying?’ The old man looks at the bartender and says, ‘I can’t remember where I live!’
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